Peggy kicks off Distracted Driving Awareness Month by sharing daunting statistics in vehicle accidents due to distracted drivers. Despite the numbers, many people still give into distracted driving. Peggy describes two major problems in the area of distracted driving. She says the message is not reaching teenagers, and that many people are not taking responsibilities for replicating the problem. She explains how autonomous vehicles factor into the equation. In the end, she states that all drivers can commit to being responsible on the road.
Technology is changing the way work is done. How can industries keep up with the demand of innovation? Peggy Smedley takes a stance, and holds leaders responsible for the task of skilling, reskilling, and upskilling employees for the future of work. She talks about the labor shortage—which is due to the retiring baby boomers—younger generations’ lack of interest for trade jobs, and even the result of connected devices on the jobsite being pertinent to the increasing skills gap. In the end, she explains the significance of restructuring from the top, beginning with a leadership revolution of change in order to fix the problem with labor shortages, the skills gap, and workers’ new roles in the face of automation
Robots are changing the market, and these changes are benefitting companies. Peggy Smedley explains how cobots, collaborative robots, are enhancing human productivity. Company leaders continue to bring automation to the jobsite. She explains that not every job can be 100% automated, so attention to retraining and reskilling workers is required. Human skills that will remain valuable in the face of automation include analytical, creative, and complex thinking, and even emotional intelligence. Cobots compliment human capabilities by being available in physical work environments. In the end, Peggy advises companies to invest in reskilling human workers for new opportunities in different roles.
Peggy Smedley says automation is turning industries upside down, narrowing in on customer service. She points to examples in hospitality and fast food and poises the question: How do we prepare workers for a new world in an age of automation? She says we need to talk about how to reskill employees so they can continue to add value to their employers and still find fulfillment in their career.
Peggy Smedley explains that the industry is calling for a slowdown and that automation will allow workers to focus on more interesting and rewarding aspects of their jobs. She says some big names have come out in favor of a robot tax to fund human services and balance out income inequality—which could essentially slow innovation down. She adds that automation is going to force us to change the way we tax in the years to come, which could be part of an overarching plan to manage the ripple effects of an automation age.
Open source. Inner source. How do the two compare? Peggy Smedley discusses the two. She says some smaller open-source projects do not do thorough security vetting and she asks: what if shared responsibility is keeping us from really being diligent about security? She continues that inner source has benefits such as adding transparency and making code better. In the end, she explains we need to create an open culture in which employees are invited to take part in processes and decisions.
Peggy Smedley talks about the American AI Initiative and what the U.S. is doing to preserve its role in innovation. She explains that it is a multipronged approach to maintaining and accelerating America’s leadership in AI and it makes a point of saying it intends to prepare the U.S. workforce to adapt and thrive in this new age of AI. Further, she compares President Trump’s American AI Initiative to former President Obama’s big data initiatives. Calling for action, she says we must come together on important issues to continue to keep innovation moving forward.
Peggy Smedley shares examples of how open source is bringing people together to address real-world problems and attracting the next generation of knowledge workers. She explains that trust is an essential component and standards and best practices will help open source grow. She also says the nature of open source is that users can view, change, and distribute source code as necessary or desired.
Peggy Smedley celebrates episode 600 of the show by looking back at how the IoT (Internet of Things community has evolved since the podcast first began. She explains that we are changing the world of autonomous vehicles, smart cities, sustainability, infrastructure, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, and more. She also looks forward, suggesting that maybe in 10 more years we’ll be calling the IoT something else entirely. Going forward, don’t expect anything less than steady, continued innovation and evolution.
Peggy Smedley covers the topics of AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and reality-as-a-service. She points to examples in government and customer service, where businesses have benefited from a digital-reality pilot program. She also explains telepresence technology can link experts with technicians who were onsite performing equipment maintenance and how AR can provide key data about a product’s lifecycle.